Hello and welcome to my Slash Brainstorm review.
In this review I will take a look at the Brainstorm as an all mountain snowboard.
This review has now been updated for the 2017-18 model.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Brainstorm a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Slash Brainstorm 2018
Price: $479 (USD recommended retail)
Flex Rating: Medium (6/10)
Flex Feel: Medium (5.5/10)
All Mountain Rating Score: 89.0/100
Compared to other Men’s All Mountain Boards
Out of all the Men’s All-Mountain snowboards that I rated:
- I looked at 27 different men’s all-mountain boards
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 92.1/100
- The lowest score was 63.4/100
- The average price was $490
- The Brainstorm ranked 3rd out of 27
Overview of the Brainstorm’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Brainstorm’s specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium (6 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Intermediate to Expert||Feel||Stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber||Shape||Directional Twin|
|Stance Setback||Setback 20mm||Edge-hold||Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||247||248||250||259||252||263|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57-75||59-77||64-86||64-86||73-95||75-93+|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-165||130-170||140-190||140-190||160-210||165-205+|
Who is the Brainstorm Most Suited to?
I don’t think there would be a rider in the world who would be unhappy to have this deck. It can do it all.
It’s ideal for anyone who wants one deck that can do everything and take them everywhere (from the powder to the park) and do so better than any other board that I’ve tried.
If you are solely a freerider or solely a park rider then there will be better options for you – but if you want a one board quiver then the Brainstorm should be seriously considered.
The Brainstorm in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Brainstorm is capable of.
Board: Slash Brainstorm 2017, 160cm, 252mm waist width
Date: March 7th, 2016
Conditions: Plenty of fresh powder. Temperature = 1 degree.
Bindings angles: +18/+3
Stance width: 560mm
Really didn’t want to give this deck back after demoing it! But if I bought every piece of demo gear that I liked I’d be broke!
Rode on a day with plenty of fresh powder and this deck was amazing in the powder. The best way to describe it was that it was effortless. You could point and shoot and just float over with ease.
It’s got a 20mm setback and a Hyrbrid Camber profile – two things which help it. But it was somehow even better than you would expect. It felt like it had the float of a 40mm setback.
It does have a lengthened rocker section towards the nose of the board which is likely a big reason for its awesome float.
Felt really nice leaning into carves with this deck. Little risk of washing out. It didn’t even feel close to washing out. Though did have awesome conditions on the day.
It’s not the most aggressive board in the world but it could hold its own during a good carve.
Nice and fast base – and really stable at speed. I did a lot of “point-and-shoot” and had plenty of powder to play on when I rode this deck and it kept its speed nicely and you could really point and shoot with confidence.
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Learn more about the technical details of the Brainstorm in the video below.
I was pretty lucky with the day I had and went straight over the top of most of the bumpy stuff – but I did still encounter some and the Brainstorm was pretty good at dealing with it.
The Brainstorm was amazing over jumps. The landings felt super stable and it had really good pop off the lip.
It performed really well with ollies too. Those camber sections, as well as spruce stringers added to the core, are part of tthe reason for the great pop this deck has.
It rode switch pretty well. It felt like it had a 50mm setback when riding powder but felt more like the 20mm that it is when riding switch. Transition into switch was pretty smooth too.
It’s got a directional twin shape so no surprise that it felt fairly natural riding switch.
Probably its weakest point is jibbing. It’s no really designed for it. But in saying that you could definitely still jib OK on this board. If you’re someone who likes to hit the occasional jib when doing a park lap then it will do fine but not a jibbing specialist.
O.k. One more quick video
This one is for the 2015-16 model but it’s basically the same as the 2016-17 model except for the graphic.
I didn’t take this board in a pipe but based on how the board rode, what others have said and the specs of the board I’d say that the Brainstorm would do pretty well.
It’s stiff enough for the pipe, has good edge hold on harder snow and has good speed. It’s not centered and it’s not a true twin so it won’t be perfect between the walls but it would definitely be a fun board to take into the pipe.
Changes from the 2017 Model
The 2018 model is practically identical to the 2017 model which is identical to the 2016 model except for the graphic. No change is a good thing in this case. The 2016 model was killer – and so are the 2017 & 2018 models!
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||89.0/100|
This board has been high in my top 10 men’s all mountain board list for as long as I’ve been running it – and there’s good reason for it. It can genuinely do it all and it feels awesome whether in the backcountry, on the groomers and in the park.
And even though I don’t take it into account in the scores, another nice bonus is that it’s actually really reasonably priced.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below to learn more about the Brainstorm and the current price at a couple of different stores (depending on the time of year you are reading this you could find even cheaper than its already reasonable price).
Thanks for reading and I hope that you found this review helpful. If you want to check out some other all-mountain snowboards to compare to the Brainstorm, check out the link below. Otherwise check out the links above for more on this sweet do-it-all deck.